First and goal: ‘Time flying by’

By From page A11 | August 15, 2014

Bush Mike


Less than three months ago, the Class of 2014 graduated from Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra high schools.

Here’s a rhetorical question for the recent graduates, in particular those who were involved in athletics and/or extra-curricular activities: Do you think time has flown by too fast?

If your answer is yes, then fasten your seat belt because you’re staring down adulthood. Life becomes much faster once you’ve left high school. Soon, Christmas lights will be seen around many El Dorado County residences and businesses. Then spring and summer 2015 are here.

And to the Class of 2014, before you know it, you’re turning 21 and any number of possibilities have presented themselves. Suddenly, you’re 25 and family, friends and co-workers tease you about turning a quarter-century old. Then it’s 2024, and you’re attending your 10-year high school reunion. And, 30 is just around the corner and so on and so on.

Ali Bettencourt and Maria Gadow can both attest they’ve witnessed life faster than the speed of light.

Bettencourt, who helped the Oak Ridge High girls basketball team to three consecutive Delta River League titles and Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title games, is attending San Jose State on a scholarship, and playing on the Lady Spartans’ basketball team. Bettencourt attended summer school classes, and was involved in summer conditioning drills.

“My time during summer school definitely went by really fast,” Bettencourt said.

Bettencourt is hoping life slows down some before the fall semester starts Monday, Aug. 25. What makes her enthusiastic about a new chapter in her life is meeting new friends and basketball.

“I’m really excited to start the school year,” said Bettencourt, “especially for the basketball season. Can’t wait to step out (onto the court).”

Gadow, a 2013 El Dorado High graduate who started at second base and shortstop on the Lady Cougars’ softball team for two seasons, has enjoyed life. Returning for a second year at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, Gadow is majoring in the medical field.

A few months ago, Gadow was second runner-up in the Top Model Winner of Miss California in the 2014 National American Miss pageant that was held in San Jose. She also received the Most Recommendation award.

“Time is flying by,” Gadow said.

A career in the medical field is first and foremost on her agenda, but Gadow is looking at a potential modeling career as well. She’s anxious to see what life has to offer in the upcoming months and year.

Life will have its ups and downs for all graduates. Make sure to hold on because it will go faster than a Colin Kaepernick-to-Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers’ touchdown pass.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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